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More Scriptwriting Resources for Creative Pros

first_imgThese great scriptwriting resources will help you improve your storytelling abilities whether you’re a director, producer, editor or writer.In a previous post I wrote up some fundamental screenwriting and story telling tips as well as some great videos from seriously talented storytelling professionals. Whether you have aspirations to become a scriptwriter or simply want to be a better storyteller (as a video producer or video editor) a great way to become better at the craft is to learn from successful professionals.  In this post I’ve put together great resources for anyone who wants to dive deeper into the world of screenwriting.Scriptwriting TalksBAFTA have an outstanding collection of lectures from successful screenwriters on screenwriting. Each year they present a series from screenwriters which are all well worth listening to. Talks include writers like John Logan (The Aviator), Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) and William Nicholson (Gladiator) to name just a very few. Check out the series from 2010, 2011 and 2012.This talk from Scott Frank, writer of Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Marley & Me, is both entertaining and enlightening as he shares his insights from 28 years of writing for the screen.If you’ve ever wondered what it might look like to lean over the shoulder of a professional screenwriter then this great screencast from writer John August is a perfect example of just that (please excuse a few expletives along the way). So much of the writing is in the re-writing and this is a great lesson in improving your script.You can learn a lot about the constructs of screenwriting by reading and studying existing scripts.  You can get your hands on some scripts from successful films so you can see how it translated from script to screen and what might have changed in the process.  Screenwriting uber site Go Into The Story has a great post collecting the best legally free scripts that you can download today including Lincoln, Hitchcock, Rust and Bone and Moonlight Kingdom. One script that you can’t get online is Argo, but you can get this great interview with it’s Oscar nominated writer Chris Terrio.Scriptwriting ToolsIf you’re thinking of putting pen to paper, or fingers to keys, then there are two great tools that are worth checking out fit for this purpose, I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones I know.Final Draft: The Industry StandardFinal Draft is the most popular screenwriting program and has been around the longest and hence is the industry standard. There is a free demo so you can try it on for size to see if you like it. There is also an ipad and iphone app – the later which is free as a ‘reader’ which is great if you’re more interested in being able to annotate a script rather than write one.Scrivener: A Holistic Writing ProgramA few people I know who do a lot of writing, love using Scrivener and having nothing but praise for it. It strikes me as a broader writing program that presents your work in many different ways, allowing you to just get down to writing rather than fiddling with settings to get it to look how you want. It too has a free trial, so there’s nothing to stop you from giving it a go.last_img read more

Patna HC pulls up CBI in rape case

first_imgThe Patna High Court on Thursday pulled up the CBI, which is probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, for its failure to submit its status report. The court asked how information related to the case leaked to the media and why an SP-rank officer, who was part of the probe, was transferred.The Patna High Court is monitoring the case relating to the sexual abuse of 34 girls at the shelter home. It has fixed August 27 as the next date of hearing. A division bench of the court, comprising Chief Justice Mukesh R. Shah and Justice Ravi Ranjan, asked the CBI to submit to the court in a sealed envelope the reason for transferring its Superintendent of Police J.P. Mishra. The officer was transferred on Tuesday evening and posted in the office of DIG, Patna range. Devendra Singh, SP, CBI (Anti-Corruption Bureau, Lucknow) has been given additional charge held by Mishra.It asked the media to refrain from publishing details of the investigation as it could affect the probe. The director of the State Social Welfare Department, Raj Kumar, sent a letter to the Information and Public Relations department asking it to ensure that “no information related to the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case and its investigation is published in the media.”The Muzaffarpur shelter home rape was exposed in a 100-page social audit report of the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS). The State government recommended a CBI probe and later requested the Patna High Court to monitor the case. Out of 11 accused in the case, 10 including Brajesh Thakur whose NGO managed the shelter home, have been sent to jail.last_img read more

IPL not good for cricket, players are slaves to it: Ian Botham

first_imgThe former England captain Ian Botham feels that IPL is too powerful for the good of cricketFormer England captain Ian Botham has branded the Indian Premier League(IPL) as “too powerful” for the good of cricket and believes that it should not exist.Delivering the Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC) Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s Wednesday night, Botham said the IPL provided the “perfect opportunity for betting and, therefore, fixing” and asked the International cricket Council(ICC) to do more to expose the “big names” involved.”I’m worried about the IPL – in fact, I feel it shouldn’t be there at all as it is changing the priorities of world cricket. Players are slaves to it. Administrators bow to it. How on earth did the IPL own the best players in the world for two months a year and not pay a penny to the boards who brought these players into the game,” said Botham.The legendary all-rounder feels IPL is too powerful for the long-term good of the game.”I know this has been modified to a degree, but it is still an imbalance. The IPL is too powerful for the long-term good of the game. Corruption is enough of a problem in itself, but the IPL compounds that problem given it provides the perfect opportunity for betting and, therefore, fixing,” he said.The 58-year-old said the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit must expose the big names, who were involved in corruption in the IPL.”We have seen a few players exposed, but does throwing the odd second XI player into jail solve it? To kill the serpent, you must cut off its head. The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit must pursue the root of the problem and, if necessary, expose the big names,” he said.advertisementBotham feels that central contracts have made some England players too “cosy” and also called on the government to promote the game more in schools.”Central contracts are brilliant, but it has now become so essential to the England player that the sharpness goes,” he said. “A long contract is a cosy contract. To play international sport, above all else – above even freshness and rest – you must have desire. Hunger is still the most important attribute for any sportsman.”Botham was upset to see how little the government is doing for the sport and called on Prime Minister David Cameron to make a change.”Why aren’t the Government focusing on sport as a necessity in the school curriculum,” he said. “This subject drives me insane. I feel it is my duty to point out the problems that face sport in schools, and specifically cricket.”The problem is now that schools are too big and there is no personal touch with the teachers. And as schools get bigger, one of the things you lose are your playing fields,” he added. “Come on David Cameron – when I came to Downing Street to meet you, you made all the right noises and promised to come back to me with your ideas. I’m still waiting.”last_img read more

Deepa scripts history, wins silver in Paralympics

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Sep 12 (PTI) Indias Deepa Malik today created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shotput F-53 event here. Deepas best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. India, thus, now have secured three medal from the Rio Paralympics. Deepa will receive a cash award of Rs 4 crore under Haryana Sports Scheme for her feat. Bahrains Fatema Nedham won the gold medal with a best throw of 4.76m, while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze medal with a throw of 4.28m. Deepa is a paraplegic, paralysed from waist down and mother of two and wife of an Army officer. Life took a twist when a spinal tumour made walking impossible for her 17 years ago. The spinal tumour had to be operated and 31 surgeries were conducted on Deepa which was healed after 183 stitches between her waist and legs. Besides shotput, Deepa has participated in javelin throw, swimming and has also been a motivational speaker. She has also won medals in swimming at international competitions. She holds the Asian record in javelin throw, and also has World Championships silver medals in shot put and discus in 2011. Deepas silver is Indias third medal of the Games after Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati won gold and bronze respectively in mens high jump. PTI SSC AH AHlast_img read more

IPL 2017: Mohammed Siraj delivers sterling show as Sunrisers Hyderabad make playoffs

first_imgSkipper David Warner led from the front to help Sunrisers Hyderabad cement their place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs after the visitors comfortably beat Gujarat Lions by eight wickets at the Green Park Stadium on Saturday.Warner scored a 52-ball unbeaten 69 and was well complimented by young Vijay Shankar’s 44-ball unbeaten 63 to lift the visiting side to the second spot in the IPL standings, with 17 points from their 14 games.Chasing a decent 155, Warner held up one end firmly after veteran medium pacer Praveen Kumar took two wickets in the same over to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Moises Henriques (4).Dhawan gave the visitors a rollicking start, smacking three consecutive boundaries off left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan, during his 11-ball stay before a slow off-cutter from Praveen got the southpaw walking back.Henriques, who came in next was undone by another wily delivery from Praveen, which stumper Dinesh Karthik latched on comfortably to reduce the visitors to 25/2.The fall of Henriques brought in the in-form Vijay, who continued his good run with the willow to match shot by shot with his skipper.The left-right duo started cautiously, dealing mostly in singles and hitting the occasional boundaries to take the visitors to 82/2 midway into the innings.Warner batted sensibly to bring up his half century off 41 balls before Vijay joined the party to get to his fifty in 35 balls as the duo went on to add an undefeated 133-run third wicket stand to take their team home in style.Earlier, Gujarat Lions squandered an excellent start to post 154 after being asked to bat first. Gujarat rode on power packed batting by openers Ishan Kishan and Dwayne Smith to cross the 100-run mark in the 10th over and were in a comfortable position at the halfway stage of their innings.advertisementHowever, they seemed to inexplicably lose their wits and lost 10 wickets in the space of just 43 runs to be all out in 19.2 overs.Young pacer Mohammed Siraj and Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan were the linchpin for Hyderabad as they produced some excellent bowling to contain the dangerous Hyderabad batting line-up.Siraj posted figures of 4/32 in his four overs while Rashid returned 3/34. Experienced pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar had figures of 2/25 with fellow pacer Siddarth Kaul also bagging a wicket.Kishan was the top scorer among the Gujarat batsmen with 61 runs off 40 balls with five boundaries and four sixes. Smith plundered 54 runs with seven hits to the fence and two sixes studding his 33-ball knock.The duo produced an opening partnership of 111 runs off 65 deliveries to give Gujarat an excellent start before losing the plot.last_img read more

Puducherry has made rapid progress in health care services: CM

first_imgPuducherry, Aug 15 (PTI) Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today said that the union territory of Puducherry was making rapid progress in delivery of health care services. Addressing the gathering at the Indira Gandhi Sports complex after unfurling the tricolour on the 71st Independence day, he said Puducherry has emerged in the forefront in the health care sector compared to other States. Highlighting the governments achievements in various sectors, he said that the port here was being developed as a satellite port of Chennai Port Trust through an agreement to procure jobs to the youth and also to augment revenue. The Dredging Corporation of India is currently desilting the estuary for easy navigation of cargo vessels and fishing vessels at a cost of Rs 14.14 crore. The Chief Minister said that Mahe region, an enclave of the UT, had emerged as open defecation free following intensive implementation of the Swachch Bharath scheme. The other three regions (Puducherry, Karaikal and Yanam) wouldbecome open defecation free by March 2018, he said. Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected the guard of honour presented by Puducherry Police and took the salute. Various contingents of police, NCC, Ex-servicemen, Scouts and Guides, school children among others took part in the march past He presented the President`s Police Medals for distinguished service to four police personnel and the Chief Ministers police medals to some others. Twenty police personnel were presented the Rajiv Gandhi Meritorious police service medals. Students from different schools presented cultural programmes on the occassion. Artistes from 11 states now participating in the ongoing Fete de Puducherry also presented their cultural programmes. Legislators, freedom fighters, high ranking officials and delegates of different institutions were present. Director General of Police S K Gautam announced that four police officers(Venkateswara Rao, S Baskaran, N Selvam and R Umaya Balan) had been conferred the President`s police medals which would be handed to them on Republic Day. The Chief Minister later unfurled the national flag on the precincts of the Assembly. PTI COR APR APRadvertisementlast_img

India vs South Africa: Jasprit Bumrah earns maiden Test call-up, Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel back

first_imgJasprit Bumrah earned his maiden call-up in Tests as the selectors announced the India squad for the South Africa tour on Monday.Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the Test series against Sri Lanka, and Parthiv Patel were also added to the touring squad.India will begin their tour of South Africa with a two-day warm-up match at Boland Park in Paarl from December 30-31.The first Test of the three-match series will get underway at Newlands from January 5 while the second Test will be played in Centurion from January 13.The third and the final Test will be played at Johannesburg from January 24.India have been in brilliant form in Test cricket since 2016, winning 16 of 22 Tests. They also won the four-Test series against South Africa at home in late 2015.India have never won a Test series in South Africa and Kohli would be keen to set the record straight next year.Ajinkya Rahane, who has had a very bad Test series against Sri Lanka has retained his place in the side.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took a break from the ongoing Test series to get married, has been named in the side for the ODIs.INDIA TEST SQUAD VS SOUTH AFRICA: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.Meanwhile, the selectors also announced the squad for the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli has been rested and Rohit Sharma will captain the side. The three T20s will be played at Cuttack (December 20), Indore (December 22) and Mumbai (December 24).advertisementINDIA SQUAD FOR THREE T20Is:Rohit Sharma(C), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.last_img read more

VIDEO: Baylor-OSU is going to be awesome

first_imgYes, yes, yes!I bet Brent is all over OSU +9 on Saturday night.h/t Gavin LangIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

10 months agoTalking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazy

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazyby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points thanks to a 5-1 victory against a weary, disorganised Arsenal outfit struggling with injuries. Unai Emery chose the wrong formation for his side’s trip to Anfield, which became something of a theme for the weekend.Ralph Hasenhuttl made the same error (selecting a back four rather than a back five) as his Southampon team lost to Manchester City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur looked clueless in the second half of their game against Wolves. Any suggestion of a Spurs title challenge has been quickly shouted down.Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Emery’s 4-2-3-1 formation leaves Arsenal weak on the flanks and in the middleThere are numerous reasons why Arsenal’s defence was unable to prevent a Liverpool rout on Saturday evening, but the blame lies largely with manager Unai Emery; his move to a back four confused the centre-backs, isolated the full-backs, and left them looking light in midfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles seemed unsure of his role throughout the first half, loitering high up the pitch to leave the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner with too much to do. The Swiss was directly at fault for the first and third Liverpool goals, his performance characterised by an anxiety and hastiness caused by a lack of support down his side of the pitch. On the other flank, Alex Iwobi was equally poor at tracking back, which is why the two Liverpool full-backs so frequently received long diagonal passes into the attacking third. Jurgen Klopp’s strategy allowed the hosts to grind Arsenal down in the first half.But it wasn’t just out wide that Emery got it wrong. By instructing Aaron Ramsey to say high alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who doesn’t work hard enough for games as intense as these), Lucas Torreira was often left without a passing option in the middle of the park. Ordinarily he would have wing-backs in line with him as an outlet, and instead there was nobody – explaining why he was caught in possession moments before Liverpool’s crucial second goal.A return to 3-4-3 – more secure at centre-back and more balanced out wide – will almost certainly happen in midweek.2) Hasenhuttl’s initial tactical mistake proves costly for high-pressing SaintsSouthampton could have beaten Man City, and not just because they should have had a penalty moments before James Ward-Prowse’s own goal. Hasenhuttl’s unexpected shift to a 4-3-3 formation proved to be a costly mistake – even though it only lasted 15 minutes before he switched – with their subsequent performance offering encouragement for Saints fans and for those hoping to take points from Man City this season.Hasenhuttl’s 4-3-3 took narrowness to the extreme. Three forwards practically holding hands were unable to prevent City from passing out from the back, and their three midfield players were too preoccupied with David Silva to cover the width. City glided, unchallenged, down the flanks over and over in the first 15, eventually leading to the opener as Bernardo Silva repeated a familiar trick of joining Riyad Mahrez to make dual right wingers. It was a threat Southampton should have seen coming, and yet their narrow 4-3-3 suggested Hasenhuttl had not anticipated City’s strength out wide.He quickly changed back to the 3-4-2-1 to successfully shut down the flanks (in this system, wing-backs can get tight to the winger safe in the knowledge that a third centre-back and shuffle across to act as an auxiliary full-back). From this point on, Southampton’s high press unsettled the visitors, while Mario Lemina’s interesting position to the left of the front three (he kept dropping deeper to become a backup centre-mid) blunted both Silvas.If only Hasenhuttl had played 3-4-2-1 from the start, City’s dreadful run might have continued.3) Zaha’s failure to track Jorginho let Crystal Palace downIt was no surprise to see Crystal Palace sit in an ultra-deep defensive shell and invite Chelsea pressure; that’s the standard Roy Hodgson solution when playing the top six, and it almost worked perfectly at Selhurst Park. However, Wilfried Zaha badly let them down by failing to defend properly, explaining, in the process, why he isn’t trusted as a winger against the big clubs. Everyone knows that man-marking Jorginho is the best way to blunt Chelsea. It means they cannot funnel possession through their metronome and must instead dramatically reshuffle, often unsuccessfully. But as the other nine players dropped into a formation ten yards in front of Jorginho, Zaha let the Brazilian do whatever he wanted.In the end it was David Luiz’s killer ball over the top that led to N’Golo Kante’s winning goal, but the clipped pass came from exactly the defensive midfield position that Zaha should have been covering. Had Zaha tracked Jorginho throughout the match, he would also have been in the right place to stop Luiz – who instead was afforded all the time in the world to pick out his man. It’s pretty clear why Hodgson rarely gives Zaha a wide role in big matches; he cannot be trusted to do the dirty work.Best of the Week – Paul PogbaAnother masterclass from Paul Pogba on Sunday showed why the Frenchman needs a team to be built around him; he won’t perform well when tamed, and yet given the freedom to roam can dominate a match like few other players in the world. He was everywhere at Old Trafford, linking superbly with Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he hasn’t done much tactical training yet, suggesting that United are riding a wave of optimism through the Christmas period. The hard work will begin when the fixture list calms down in January – at which point we will see just how much effort Pogba is willing to make for the new Man Utd manager.Worst of the Week – Spurs’ second half performanceTottenham failed to record a single shot on goal in the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, highlighting the perils of Mauricio Pochettino’s refusal to rotate effectively during the winter schedule. However, the problem also lies in a lack of creativity and doggedness in central midfield (they need to sign a Moussa Dembele replacement) and the increasingly poor performances of Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker-Peters deserved to start again on Saturday. last_img read more

Presentation of Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers

first_imgLt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc presented thirteen Nova Scotians with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers today, Oct. 25, at an investiture ceremony at Government House, in Halifax. The Nova Scotians who received the medal today are: Many of the recipients who were recognized have volunteered for decades across numerous charities and organizations. Their voluntary activities include assisting children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, volunteering with the cadet movement, assisting with the preparation of tax returns and restoring a cemetery. “On behalf of the Queen and all Nova Scotians, it is a great pleasure and honour to recognize these outstanding people who have volunteered their time to help others,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “Their voluntary efforts contribute to making this province a wonderful place to live and they set a fine example for others.” Established in 2016 by then Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the medal incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers. Wendy Boyd, Bedford Darryl Cook, Bridgewater Kenneth Donovan, Sydney Lloyd Harris, Florence, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Joanne Hauser, Truro Christine Jamieson, Hammonds Plains Leigh Joiner, Lower Sackville Angus McDonald, Halifax Brian O’Brien, Halifax Kathryn Patterson, Dartmouth Vincent Penney, North Sydney Stanley Salsman, Halifax Henry Taylor, Sydneylast_img read more

Province to make expansions to highspeed internet for residents living in Rural

first_img“Regional Districts have been asking for this. It’s one more way we are delivering results that empower communities, bringing more people online to be involved in, and benefit from, today’s digital economy. The changes build on the significant investments our Government has already made to connect people and communities by increasing their access to high-speed internet service.”Updates to the Local Government Act respond to needs identified by local governments through resolutions endorsed by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.For more information, you can visit Northerndevelopment.bc.ca. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is making expansions to high-speed internet for residents living in Rural B.C. by investing $50 million.According to the Government, improved connectivity due to updates to the Local Government Act will provide more options for people living in rural and remote areas to connect online.Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, says these changes will give Regional Districts an additional tool to help expand high-speed internet to under-served areas.last_img read more

Book sales are steady but tariffs are on publishers minds

NEW YORK — Thousands gathered to talk about upcoming books, hear from favourite authors and review the current market at the industry convention BookExpo and the fan-based BookCon.Industry executives including Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy agree sales overall are “solid,” if not dynamic.But publishing also faces a variety of troubling unknowns and adjustments. Barnes & Noble, the country’s largest physical book retailer, has been struggling for years. One of the largest distributors, Baker & Taylor, is ending its retail business.The most immediate concern is President Donald Trump’s threatened 25% tariff on some $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, including those from the country’s printing facilities. For years, U.S. publishers have relied on China for low-cost, high-capacity printing.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press read more

UN welcomes Afghanistans commitment to protect children from conflict

2 May 2010Afghanistan’s Government has made important commitments to protect children from the impact of armed conflict, according to a new United Nations report. “The Government has shown political will to deal with issues related to children and armed conflict,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told reporters at the end of her visit to the Asian nation in February. She has welcomed the appointment a high-level official in the Foreign Ministry to follow up on all Government commitments and to coordinate efforts to protect children, including the prevention of child recruitment into the armed forces and police and to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. In the new publication, which covers her 7-day mission, Ms Coomaraswamy highlights the need to keep schools and health centres from being used as polling centres for the upcoming September parliamentary elections. Last August during the presidential elections, there was a marked increase in attacks against these sites, she said. The report noted that it is difficult for the UN to engage with non-State groups committing violations against children. “It is critical that the UN communicate to them their responsibility to respect and comply with international law and to cease and desist on-going violations against children and to alert them on their responsibility to engage and to conclude action plans to bring these grave abuses to an end,” it stressed. Ms. Coomaraswamy voiced hope peace jirgas – or gathering of elders – will work to protect children. “Peace remains the only hope for the future of Afghanistan and its children,” she emphasized. read more

Canada could sell record two million cars in 2017 after strong August

RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says Canada has a shot at selling a record two million cars this year after sales surged 6.9 per cent in August.More than 1.4 million vehicles were sold in the first eight months of the year, up 5.3 per cent from last year.The consulting firm says Canadian vehicle sales for August totalled 183,900, including 59,096 cars and 124,849 light trucks.August is the fourth record-setting month in a row, and seventh for the year, with only April falling short of setting a new high.General Motors was the leading car brand in Canada last month for the first time since before its 2009 bankruptcy.The U.S.-based company sold 28,981 vehicles last month, a 28.5 per cent increase from a year ago.Fiat Chrysler sold 19,648 vehicles in August, down 9.2 per cent, while Toyota was up 7.7 per cent to 17,950. Volkswagen sales were up 71.9 per cent to 9,032.Ford currently holds top spot for the year despite a 5.9 per cent drop in sales in August to 27,286 and 215,224 for the year.DesRosiers says GM has a “long shot” at beating Ford for the year as sales were up 18 per cent to 205,329 in the first eight months of the year. read more

Matchcom and Tinder will play the field as Barry Dillers IAC spins

Match.com and Tinder will play the field as Barry Diller’s IAC spins off the dating sites by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2015 7:28 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Match.com and Tinder are looking for a Wall Street hookup as their parent group prepares to establish them as a separate, publicly traded company.IAC/InteractiveCorp, which is controlled by billionaire Barry Diller, has approved a proposal for an initial public offering.Diller said Thursday that it’s “healthy” to give companies “independence from a mother church.”He laid the groundwork for the IPO two years ago when he formed the Match Group, which also includes OKCupid, Chemistry.com and other dating sites and apps.IAC said it expects the Match Group to issue less than 20 per cent of its shares in the IPO. That means IAC will still be majority owned by its parent. The IPO is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.The Match Group had revenue of $239.2 million in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 13 per cent from a year earlier.With the IPO, “Match will be able to unlock value, a topic that has been in the forefront with the dating business for the last 2-3 years,” said Cowen and Co. analyst John Blackledge in a note to investors. He added that Match is a leader in the growing category and the IPO could help both it and IAC pursue new acquisitions, “nurture them over time and create further shareholder value.” This, he noted, has been IAC’s playbook for the past two decades.Separately, New York-based IAC also named Joey Levin as its CEO. IAC has not had a CEO since 2013.IAC shares jumped $3.54, or 4.6 per cent, to $80.80 in morning trading Thursday. Its shares are up 17 per cent over the past year. read more

Central American leaders say UN must be reformed and democratized to tackle

Calling for “urgent restructuring” of UN mechanisms and bodies, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, the President of Costa Rica, underscored the need for a “democratic” elections of the next UN Secretary-General, and also called for measures to ensure that the permanent members of the Security Council cannot use their veto power in situations of humanitarian crisis. “Since 1946, the process for selecting the person who will hold the most important position in the international community has been characterized by opaqueness. Costa Rica is determined to change this, he declared. He said that along with Estonia, Costa Rica is leading the efforts of almost 30 States to establish a process that is transparent, democratic, equitable, inclusive, “and one that, unlike today, would be consistent with Charter and similar high level international processes.”Mr. Solis Rivera also emphasized the need to elect a woman as the next UN Secretary-General in order to uphold Organization’s principle of empowering women and girls.“The time has come for the General Secretariat to be occupied by a woman. Let us acknowledge the great capacity, competence and commitment of women in all areas, and let us send an unequivocal political signal that, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, this Organization stands by what it preaches in terms of equality and empowerment of women and girls,” he declared. The President went on spotlight what he saw as the Security Council’s inadequate and untimely decision-making process.“To consolidate the United Nations at the centre of global governance, the Security Council should take on its responsibilities with regards to maintaining international peace and security, taking into account human rights considerations in its actions and improving its work regarding conflict prevention. The Council’s focus on conflict prevention is inadequate and, when it does take action, it often comes too late,” he said. The President associated the inefficacy of the Security Council as the main reason for the emergence of humanitarian crisis of Middle-east and Central African countries.“None of these crises emerged without prior warning,” he said. “The responsibility of promoting, protecting and fulfilling the peoples’ rights and fundamental freedoms rests with the [Member] States. However, when governments fail to meet the ‘responsibility to protect,’ either because they lack the will or the ability to safeguard the rights of their own people, then it is up to the international community, and in particular the Security Council, to intervene and deploy the wide variety at its disposal to resolve conflicts,” he added. “Because human lives are at stake, Costa Rica supports France’s proposal to restrict the veto in the case of mass atrocities […] and to demand a political commitment to act promptly and decisively in such situations,” he suggested.This call for Security Council reform was echoed by the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, who urged review of UN structures and governance mechanisms, including the Security Council, towards achieving greater transparency and geographical representation.President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez of Panama addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia PakHe went on to urge the “great powers” to join forces, as they had to end the Second World War, to work together to forge a roadmap to defeat terrorism and ensure that peace would prevail. In addition, he reminded the Assembly that “politics is meant to serve society,” and as such, nations should work together and in a non-politicized manner to eradicate poverty and ensure equal opportunities and sustainable development for all. President Varela Rodriguez said that Panama was facing irregular migration flows and as such had pledged to treat migrants with dignity. The joint fight to resolve the problems that had led “our brothers” to leave their countries must continue. Further, the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), informally known as COP 21, must reach a definitive, universal agreement. The Coalition of Tropical Forests, chaired by Panama, had worked on measures to mitigate and prevent the impacts of climate change on forests, including procuring resources to that end. read more

Market Hall mural officially unveiled

President Jack Lightstone chats with artist Bogdan Luca at the unveiling of a mural in Market Hall.About 50 Brock faculty, staff and fine arts students were on hand Nov. 12 for the formal unveiling of a mural in Market Hall depicting important moments in Brock and Niagara’s history.Canadian artist Bogdan Luca was commissioned to create a piece of relevant public art for the university’s spacious new dining and gathering place. The result is Reverberation, a 60-foot mural done in acrylic that depicts a series of images from the history of Niagara and of Brock University.After an introduction and welcoming remarks by university President Jack Lightstone and project manager Scott Roper, the artist spoke of his experience with creating the artwork, and took questions from the audience.The painting’s images range from War of 1812 scenes to visual references of the Allanburg Womens Institute, whose original petition to the Ontario government ultimately led to the creation of Brock University.Other works by Luca have appeared in numerous galleries around southern Ontario, as well as in institutions from Stony Brook University in New York to the University of Toronto Art Centre. read more

WWE NXT Results – 7/8/15 (#1 Contenders Match)

first_imgFacebook Twitter Hailee Steinfeld Now Playing Up Next Google+ Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Daniel Bryan WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WhatsApp Charlotte Flair WWE NXTJuly 8, 2015Winter Park, Florida (Full Sail University)Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, Byron SaxtonRecap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.comShow opens with video highlighting Finn Balor defeating Kevin Owens to win the NXT Title at Beast in the East in Tokyo. We see the usual intro, then commentary welcomes us to the show.Emma & Dana Brooke come out, wanting to know who Sasha Banks will have as her tag partner to face them. Sasha comes out and says she couldn’t find anyone, but she will fight them alone. All of a sudden, Charlotte’s music hits and she tells Sasha that she will be her partner, but Sasha owes her one.NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks & Charlotte def. Emma & Dana Brooke by submission when they submitted both Emma & Brooke with stereo Bank Statement/Figure Eight submissions. Afterwards, Charlotte says that she wants a NXT Women’s Title shot against Sasha next week. Sasha accepts. We see video from Bayley at a NXT live event, announcing that she has a broken hand thanks to Emma. Bayley says when she is healed, she is coming after Emma, then will go after the NXT Women’s Title.Video package from Beast in the East on the Owens-Balor NXT Title match. We then go to the match from Beast in the East joined in progress. We go to video from after Beast in the East with Kevin Owens attacking the cameraman who asked him about his loss. Backstage, Devin Taylor interviews Chad Gable about unsuccessfully attempting to be tag partners with Jason Jordan. Jordan walks in and begrudgingly accepts Gable as his partner for next week. They shake hands. Before the next match, the returning Solomon Crowe has the mic and says he is back and is meaner and nastier than ever before and will show why he is NXT’s resident little monster. Solomon Crowe def. Marcus Louis by submission with the Crowe Bar (Stretch Muffler). We go backstage with the Vaudevillains, who say that after a long absence, they returned to NXT and will rise to the top, doing what men do to become #1 Contenders tonight. We go to video from Beast in the East when new NXT Champion Finn Balor is congratulated by Cesaro, NXT GM William Regal and WWE US Champion John Cena. Next week, we will get an injury update on Sami Zayn.Main Event in a #1 Contenders Match: The Vaudevillains def. The Jersey Boys w/Carmella by pinfall when Aiden English pinned Enzo Amore after rolling through a Top Rope Crossbody. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling promoting three live events next week in New Yorklast_img read more

Jury awards 25M in Ore teens fatal shooting

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal jurors have awarded $2.5 million to the family of an Oregon teen killed by Washington County sheriff’s deputies outside his home in 2006.Hope and Brad Glenn, parents of 18-year-old Lukus Glenn, first sued the county and the deputies, Mikhail Gerba and Timothy Mateski, in 2008. A federal judge dismissed the case on summary judgment in 2010 but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a trial, saying the facts were in dispute.On Thursday, the jury in the wrongful death lawsuit also faulted retired Sheriff Rob Gordon, who approved of the deputies’ actions after an administrative review.The Oregonian reports the shooting occurred after Hope Glenn called 911, saying her son was drunk, armed with a pocket knife and threatening suicide. Deputies found the teen outside the home.The lawyer for the county and the deputies, William Blair, argued the shooting was tragic but justified. The sheriff’s office says it hasn’t yet decided whether to appeal.last_img read more

Macaus April visitation grows but quality of stay declining

first_img RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Visitors from Mainland China increased by 13.5% year-on-year to 2.3 million, with those travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme (975,951) rising by 1.4%. Mainland visitors came primarily from Guangdong Province (868,313), Hunan Province (119,264) and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (103,502).Visitors from the Republic of Korea (61,573) and Hong Kong (696,902) increased by 0.8% and 30.0% respectively year-on-year, whereas those from Taiwan (91,829) dropped by 2.9%.Visitor arrivals for the first four months of 2019 were up 19.9% year-on-year to 13.8 million. Macau tallied a 15.9% increase in visitation in April with almost 3.5 million people entering the SAR according to latest information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).Continuing a recent trend, the increase came on the back of a 27.4% rise in same day visitors to 1.8 million, with overnight visitors up 5.4% to more than 1.6 million. As a result, the average length of stay of visitors dropped by 0.1 days to 1.1 days. Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in Augustlast_img read more